Savonnerie Rugs and Carpets
‘Savon’ is the French word for soap and ‘Savonnerie’ is the word for a ‘soap factory’.
An old soap factory on the outskirts of Paris gave it’s name to a large number of European carpets which were made originally for those magnificent French palaces whose names are synonymous with ultimate regal luxury: The palaces at Versailles and The Louvre, for example.
These carpets were hand knotted on vertical looms and used knots learnt from the ancient manufacture of ‘Turkey’ carpets. They have a cut ‘pile’ and distinctive designs that are known by the generic word: ‘Savonnerie’, often with a central panel, the medallion and a number of classical and ornate borders.
Craigie Stockwell were one of the first hand made carpet specialists to relaunch Savonnerie styles in contemporary drawing and colours and they are continually creating new versions of these beautiful carpets through their London based design studio.
‘It is just so handsome and the colors are just right! I am really so pleased and cannot thank you and the team enough for making the rug that I envisioned. With such appreciation,’
Diane, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, Monticello,
Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Virginia, U.S.A.